RICHMOND, Va. - Governor Ralph Northam announced during Friday's press conference the state's COVID-19 Business Task Force.
The task force will provide advice and guidance to the Cabinet for a strategy to ease restrictions on businesses and people during this pandemic.
The task force consists of representatives from a variety of Virginia industries, scales, geographies, and backgrounds across the state, including restaurants, breweries, wineries, small and large retailers, fitness centers, hair salons, barber shops, spas and estheticians, museums, hospitality groups, campgrounds, and entertainment venues.
“These are Virginians who are thinking everyday about how to protect the health of their staff and the communities in which they operate,” said Governor Northam. “They understand that our public health and business interests are aligned—we must take measures that both ensure the safety and confidence of consumers and prevent the spread of disease. Their input will continue to be critical as we plan a safe, consistent, successful path forward.”
Governor Northam says the plan will include a phased approach based on CDC guidelines and includes specific goals to contain the spread of the virus through increased testing, contact tracing, and ensuring adequate medical capacity.
For a list of who is on the COVID-19 Business Task Force, click here.